Sleepover (film)

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Sleepover
Sleepover.jpg
Theatrical release poster
Directed by Joe Nussbaum
Produced by Bob Cooper
Charles Weinstock
Written by Elisa Bell
Starring Alexa Vega
Sara Paxton
Mika Boorem
Scout Taylor-Compton
Kallie Flynn Childress
Sean Faris
Steve Carell
Jane Lynch
Music by Deborah Lurie
Cinematography James L. Carter
Edited by Craig P. Herring
Production
company
Landscape Entertainment
Weinstock Productions
Distributed by Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer
Release date
  • July 9, 2004 (2004-07-09)
Running time
89 minutes
Country United States
Language English
Budget $10 million
Box office $10,148,953

Sleepover is a 2004 American teen film directed by Joe Nussbaum and starring Alexa Vega, Sara Paxton, Mika Boorem, Scout Taylor-Compton, Kallie Flynn Childress, Sean Faris, Steve Carell, Jane Lynch, Sam Huntington, Brie Larson and Evan Peters.

Plot[edit]

On the last day of 8th grade before their freshman year in high school, Julie Corky (Alexa Vega) has a slumber party with 3 best friends, Hannah Carlson (Mika Boorem), Farrah James (Scout Taylor-Compton), and Yancy Williams (Kallie Flynn Childress). As a quartet, they end up having the adventure of their lives. A group of popular girls, led by a former friend of Julie's, Staci Blake (Sara Paxton), challenge the girls to a scavenger hunt. The prize will be a coveted lunchtime seat near the fountain in high school. The losers will have to sit at tables near the school's dumpsters.

The list includes things like a picture of the girls with a date inside an exclusive night club, the insignia from a local private security firm, and a pair of boxers from Steve Philips, (Julie's crush), and to dress an Old Navy mannequin with their own clothing. The girls sneak out of Julie's house, and use Yancy's father's Hypermini to travel to various locations and get the required objects. Along the way they dodge a Patroltec security guard (Steve Carell) and try to keep Julie's parents (Jane Lynch and Jeff Garlin) from discovering that they are gone. During their scavenger hunt, Steve Philips sees Julie skateboarding in a dress and is impressed. Later the girls meet up at the school dance, but both have acquired all the items on the list.

Stacie suggests a tie breaker, where the group which is able to get the crown from the homecoming king or queen will win. Staci catches her boyfriend, Todd, dancing with another girl who claims that she has been Todd's girlfriend for six months. After the two break up, Staci shares a dance with a scruffy skater friend of Julie's. Yancy shares a dance with a boy who moved speakers for a summer job and who she met earlier in the night. Steve ends up named homecoming king and picks Julie as his partner for a victory dance, giving her the crown and ensuring victory for her friends.

After the dance, Julie and Steve are about to kiss when they get a call from Julie's brother that their mother is headed home. The girls race home and pretend to be sleeping just as Julie's parents check on them. The next morning at breakfast, Julie's mom confronts her asking "exactly" what they did last night, showing Julie the scarf she had dropped in the Cosmo club. Surprisingly, she is not mad but confesses it is difficult to believe how fast Julie is growing up. Then Julie says goodbye to her friends and finds Steve waiting inside her tree fort, where the two share a kiss. The film ends with a scene of Staci and her friends, now in high school, eating their lunch by the school dumpsters among the trash and the social rejects.

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Reception[edit]

Sleep Over currently holds an approval rating of 15% on Rotten Tomatoes, based on 98 reviews.[1] The film opened at #10 in the box office with $4,171,226. The film would later make $9,436,390 in the United States and $712,563 internationally, resulting in a $10,148,953 gross worldwide, on a $10 million budget.[2]

Soundtrack[edit]

  1. "Imaginary Superstar" - Skye Sweetnam
  2. "Freeze Frame" - Jump5
  3. "I Want Everything" - Hope 7
  4. "That's What Girls Do" - No Secrets
  5. "Stuck" - Allister
  6. "Havin' Fun" - Planet Melvin
  7. "Remember" - Gabriel Mann
  8. "We Close Our Eyes" - Allister
  9. "Hole in the Head" - Sugababes
  10. "Next Big Me" - Verbalicious
  11. "Heaven Is a Place on Earth" - Becky Baeling
  12. "Wannabe" - Spice Girls

Novelization[edit]

Scholastic Inc. released a novelization of the story in May 2004. The novel was written by American fantasy and science fiction author Suzanne Weyn.

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